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Phoneme Segmentation - Count and Hook Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 8 pages | Grades: K - 1

Help students gain mastery in phoneme segmentation with these hands-on count and hook task cards.

Build Phonemic Awareness with Hands-on Manipulatives

Phonemic awareness (the ability to identify and manipulate the individual sounds in words) is a vital stepping stone on the path to becoming a successful reader or writer. Before our students put pen to paper, we immerse them in activities that enable them to say, isolate, and identify sounds.

These count and hook task cards have been designed to help your students isolate and count the sounds in words containing two, three, and four phonemes. The resource includes 24 cards, directions, and an answer key.

How To Use These Count and Hook Task Cards

Note: Students need access to connecting links or chains to use this resource. Paper clips would also do the trick! 

  1. Print and cut out the cards. Cardstock is recommended for added durability. 
  2. Punch a hole through the black dot at the bottom of each card. This is where students will create their chain of links.
  3. Provide students with a set of task cards and some linking manipulatives.
  4. Students say the word corresponding to the picture on the card, then segment it into its phonemes. For example, the word “pig” has three phonemes: p-i-g. 
  5. Students use the linking manipulatives to create a link representing the correct number of phonemes in the word, then attach it to the card via the punched hole.

To make this activity self-checking, write the correct number of phonemes on the back of each card so the students can check how many links should be connected.

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This resource was created by Anna Helwig, a teacher in Arizona and a Teach Starter collaborator.

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